Influence of surface preparation on the fracture behavior of acrylic adhesive/CFRP composite joints Articles uri icon


publication date

  • April 2011

start page

  • 366

end page

  • 381


  • 4


  • 87

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8464

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-5823


  • The surface modification and adhesive bonding of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) composite has been investigated. Wettability studies showed that plasma-treated specimens provide a significant increment in the surface energy, relative to untreated material. The surface modification resulted in significantly improved adhesion between the composite and an applied toughened acrylic adhesive; a considerable increase in fracture energy was observed following grit blasting and grit blasting plus silane treatments. Specimens treated with atmospheric plasma showed a slight increment in fracture energy, usually failing adhesively. The durability was tested using a wedge test. Specimens degreased and treated with atmospheric plasma showed the greatest crack growth and failed in an adhesive mode.